Heavy-hittin funky sampler DJ Sheild (the E before the I please as I was recently informed) brings us a fine new album of variegated sound, a grand follow-up to his first Slapart release "Midnight on an Open Highway." An ambitious full-length effort of 7 long mixes (each is more than 6 minutes long) stringing together a few gigabytes worth of disparate samples of music you may or may not recognize. Whether you identify the samples or not, Pirate Radio Broadcasts stands on its own.
Sheild has developed a unique style that he says was honed while preparing playlists for a radio show he hosted on WUSC-FM, Columbia, SC. It must have been a way to fit every kind of music he liked into one 2-hour set.
While this music hasnt been aired on pirated waves quite yet, the radio format would probably be most suitable for the nature of these recordings. Starting out with just three portable disc-mans and a Radio Shack mixer I began layering music in hopes of enhancing the source material or, at the very least, surprising the listener. Since having graduated from those humble tools to the sophistication of a computer the mixes are becoming more prepared and thought through but hopefully no less exploratory. While the methods I use to choose and prepare the music are Dadaist in nature, the outcomes are undeniably surreal: seemingly unrelated events float through a kinetic library of references. A celebration of music by means of artistic presentation- DJ in the purest sense of the title.
1. Sun City Krush (6:49)
2. It's A Blue World (There's Always Something There To Remind Me) (7:40)
3. You Got 'Em Confused (8:18)
4. Ahmed's Bounce (6:34)
5. Courting Extremity (8:57)
6. ....What I'd Like To Do With My Life.... (9:55)
7. Crash Course In Exhaustion (6:51)
October 26, 2004 Subject:
Sounds like the Sheild got himself involved policy, set up an agenda in a mediation of sound. Carefully making everything you've ever heard to agree, shake hands and compliment each other's differences. And why not, the genres have been tearing creative music apart for years. Now we've got mediator........
October 14, 2004 Subject:
To Sample or Not To Sample or...
There can and will be no simple answer to the ethical elements of sampling? Whose art is it? Does one music violate the right of another previously recorded music? But doesn't that previously recorded piece of music also have influences which may or may not have been recorded and/or copyrighted?
Legal issues aside, the one thing I know is that sometimes some samples just work. For whatever reason, when used correctly they will seem meant for each other. Even though they may have been made by cultures thousands of miles apart in times decades apart. It takes skill to bring together this many genres of music (hip hop, jazz, free jazz, Japanese, Indian and Indonesian traditional musics, rock, funk, blues, folk, soul, classical, electronic, ambient, etc.) and still be able to make a cohesive statement.
That's what this record does. Each track may go a million different ways but the statement is always clear, strong, and unfettered.